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Ti-Amie
06-12-2008, 09:21 PM
The Olympics are coming and with it the chance for those of us in the States to see track and field. Here's a nice way to start.


Cuban Dayron Robles broke China's Olympic and world champion Liu Xiang (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/at/profile/1500000000011753.html)'s 110 metres hurdles record at the Ostrava Golden Spike grand prix, two months before the Beijing Olympics.

Robles, who has set seven of the eight fastest indoor times this year, clocked 12.87 seconds to beat Liu's previous mark of 12.88 in Lausanne two years ago.
Running in just his third outdoor race of the season, the 21-year-old Cuban held a commanding lead by the fourth hurdle and never looked like being headed.
"It is such a good time. I did not expect that," Robles, whose previous best was 12.92 at the IAAF World Athletics Final last year, said afterwards.



http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com//ng/sp/eurosport/20080612/25/165f925d48cf2b2bde163d469f21b5af.jpg

http://eurosport.yahoo.com/12062008/58/robles-breaks-hurdle-world-record.html

I had just watched the Prefontaine meet Sunday and missed seeing Liu run. How is the US set in this event?

oohsalmon
06-12-2008, 09:31 PM
It's so strange the tiny margins they work with.

"I couldn't imagine being .05 seconds faster."

Ti-Amie
06-12-2008, 09:35 PM
I love track and field. It's a shame most of the athletes have to make their money overseas since the days are long gone (and sadly now so is Jim Mckay) when the Wide World of Sports let us see track and field during the four years between the Olympics.

Pierre1
06-14-2008, 06:54 PM
China is counting on Liu to grab the Gold. But no pressure at all on the poor guy. :rolleyes:

BTW, I think the host country will do quite well in the medal count race.